Common Core State Standards

How to Teach the Standards Without Becoming Standardized

How to Teach the Standards Without Becoming Standardized

| March 12, 2014 | 7 Comments

Teaching standards doesn’t necessitate a standardized approach to teaching. Teachers share ideas for providing a standards-based, but authentic learning experience for all students.

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Is Kindergarten Too Young to Test?

Is Kindergarten Too Young to Test?

| February 7, 2014 | 31 Comments

Childhood learning experts, parents, and teachers are voicing strong opposition against mandating standardized tests for kindergarteners.

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Unlikely Allies Agree On Common Core Opposition

Unlikely Allies Agree On Common Core Opposition

| January 28, 2014

Tea Party conservatives and some liberals agree on key criticisms as the new education standards roll out in 45 states: that they’re a one-size-fits-all approach, create a de facto national curriculum, put too much emphasis on standardized tests and undermine teacher autonomy.

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Questioning the Common Core: What Will Be the Lasting Impact?

Questioning the Common Core: What Will Be the Lasting Impact?

| January 7, 2014 | 3 Comments

  Lots of interesting fodder for conversation in this PBS Newshour piece, which attempts to put the evolution of the Common Core in context with current changes. Key points raised in the discussion include the role of standardized testing, teachers’ apprehension around Common Core assessments, and renewed attention and focus on teacher education programs.  

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In the Rush to Buy New Tech for Common Core, What Happens to the Big Picture?

In the Rush to Buy New Tech for Common Core, What Happens to the Big Picture?

| December 3, 2013 | 6 Comments

As schools and districts prepare for the Common Core State Standards, the pressure to buy new technology overtakes the need to create a vision and a plan for smart long-term use.

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How Does ‘Lord of the Flies’ Fit Into Common Core?

How Does ‘Lord of the Flies’ Fit Into Common Core?

| November 20, 2013 | 4 Comments

Many teachers have yet to begin assigning harder, Common Core-approved books. According to a recent Thomas B. Fordham Institute report, a survey of teachers shows that, while many are aware of Common Core’s requirement for assigning harder books, few have yet to implement the changes because they are more focused on reading skills.

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How Educators Can Address Parents’ Confusion About Common Core

How Educators Can Address Parents’ Confusion About Common Core

| September 9, 2013 | 17 Comments

As more schools start implementing Common Core this year, the majority of public school parents said they didn’t know about it, or if it was happening in their schools.

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Are You Ready for Common Core? Teachers Weigh in

Are You Ready for Common Core? Teachers Weigh in

| August 13, 2013 | 3 Comments

Some educators are looking forward to incorporating the new standards, encouraged by what they consider to be a higher level of rigor, but others believe big questions must be addressed before the standards are adopted.

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Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist?

Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist?

| May 20, 2013 | 22 Comments

Everyday there is less standardization of information, making it nearly impossible to decide what a student should know. Are sticking to content standards still appropriate?

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In an Era of Global Competition, What Exactly Are We Testing For?

In an Era of Global Competition, What Exactly Are We Testing For?

| April 19, 2013 | 5 Comments

Renato Ganoza/Flickr   In this era of global competition, test scores are used as the primary benchmark to call out which countries will produce “successful” students. Knowing that American students are competing against a global pool of the best and brightest has led education leaders to focus more on how they score on international tests […]

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